Carton Of Milk | Carton Brewing Company

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Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The key to a sessionable beer is the way it evolves over time well spent. Here we took an extremely dark malt bill and dulled its edges with the addition of lactose and nitro conditioning, then we wafted black currant notes of Bullion hops through the middle. Nuanced to keep it an interesting part of a gathering while neither dominating nor being inconsequential to banter. Drink Carton Of Milk because it does a session good.

Added by Jimmys on 01-22-2012

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice pitch black. The head is 1 finger, tan, frothy, with decent retention. No lacing on the glass.
The nose has a nice lactose touch. Nothing too strong, but it's there.
Taste - Nice and roasted malts up front and it's backed up by the lactose. No hops tasted, as expected.
The body is lighter, but not watery. The roasted malts do linger a bit in my mouth.
This Milk is quite delicious and good for a cold fall night.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's definitely not remarkable but also not bad. Easy drinking, tastes mostly like Guinness, well made. Nitro always gives off a bit of a metallic flavor for me so I'm not crazy about that. nb

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Photo of hkyplyr73
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chiefz1
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Xxambersky89
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There's very few flavors that capture the taste of the British Isles more than stout. Sessionable, roasty, creamy and balanced with milk sugars, the nitro milk stout of Carton borrows a taste of Ireland and superimposes it on an English cream stout foundation.

Carton of Milk, cleverly named and ready to drink, pours onyx black and crowned with a dense blanket of sandy foam. Robust in its roasty profile but mild in its impact on the nose, the beer's scent is subtle with chocolate, nutty, creamy and coffee-like influence. Malty sweet with a creamy sweetness and a caramelized base, an upfront flavor of malted milk chocolate greets the tongue.

Sweetness dissolves quickly on the tongue as the nitrogen infused ale falls flat on the middle palate. An arid sense of coffee grounds, cocoa powder and roasted walnut pulls from the sweetness and extends into a deep after palate of woodsy bitterness and chicory spice.

Medium bodied and somewhat thick early, the bubbles escape from the stout swiftly and the finish trends thin, watering and ashy. A medium aftertaste of spent coffee grounds and burnt caramel adds a savory fleeting memory without much fatigue on the tongue.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass in the Carton Brewery tasting room in Atlantic Heights, NJ.
A: Pours a very dark brown to black color. Dramatic clearing like a Guinness Nitro leaving moderate head retention and lacing
S: Aroma of coffee and chocolate predominate. Maybe a little vanilla bean
T: Complex. Palate follows the nose with bitterness contributing to the overall melange.
M: No more than medium bodied with excellent, robust carbonation. Very creamy.
O: Really impressed by the "session" stout. Enjoyed the more light-bodied take on the style.

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Photo of RedhawkPoke
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Beer pours a very dark black body. The nitro keeps a large amount of head all throughout the beer. Small amount of lacing stays behind. Very nice looking beer.

S: The main smell is of roasted coffee. Also getting some sweet notes of chocolate. The coffee is the dominant smell in this beer. Not much outside of chocolate and coffee going on in this beer.

T: Coffee and chocolate here just like the nose. Unlike the nose the two flavors seem to clash with each other. Very watered down flavors overall and and the two largest flavors don't work together.

M: The nitro makes the beer creamier than normal. Mouthfeel, however, is very watered down and too thin for my liking. The session style of the beer makes for an easy time drinking.

O: Average, at best, beer. Typically coffee and chocolate match well but that isn't the case here. Very watery flavor to the beer. The nitro keeps a good amount of head while drinking. The rest of the beer does not hold up to the look.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 2/13/18.

Very shiny dark black color with a creamy, steamy cap of beige, 1 finger tall.

Aroma is wow. Lots of fresh coffee beans and dark chocolate hiding behind that. Very simple, very succinct, very inviting.

Dark chocolate and coffee at equal volumes impart bitterness and acidity respectively. Suggestions of vanilla, and a strong finish of cracked black pepper. Pepper starts becoming one-noted as the beer warms a bit.

Feel is creamy and smooth as expected for a Nitro beer, a touch watery but less watery than most Nitros. An aquified, roasty, dry finish.

Overall a decent beer nothing groundbreaking. Nice coffee flavor and smooth velvety feel.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjg584
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsa7783
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. Pours a jet black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of chocolate and mocha. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Carton.

Really does have a resemblance in both taste and mouthfeel to a glass of milk. Pretty amazing. Malty and creamy, definitely not sweet at all and easy to drink. More of a novelty than something you want to drink every day.

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Photo of seedyone
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Carton is my new crush & this does not disappoint. The aroma is the most impressive thing here. Deep dark mahogany color with tan, lasting rim of a head that disperses a vague lacing. The aroma is carries a dark espresso bitterness that doesn't follow on the tongue. That's not to say there's no flavor, there's plenty of that. It's just that the smoothness dissipates the bitter. nice balance.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swanfungus
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dextermcgurk
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgido759
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap a Essex Junction, poured a nice dark brown/black with a 1 finger head. Strong coffee flavor (for me, I don't drink coffee) with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth finish.

My first Carton beer and I would definitely try more of them.

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Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TomMorris
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timtac
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: barley, toasted barley Appearance: dark black color, medium white head. Creamy. Taste...Bitter chocolate. Feel...Low carbonation. On tap at Blend. Hockey Season opener, win 2-0."


In a 4-beer carton sampler at Blend. CoM was on tap with Nitro.
Not exciting, The nitro definitely made it nice and smooth, but roughness was not really a problem to begin with.

Good beer, but a little lacking in flavor to be taken seriously.

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Carton Of Milk from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 310 ratings